Portman, Gentile announce re-election plans

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Two Ohio lawmakers announce re-election plans.

Republican Senator Rob Portman officially submitted petitions to the secretary of state's office to run for a second term in the U.S. Senate.

Portman's expected opponent is former congressman and Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, although Strickland has Democratic opposition in this year's primary.

And Ohio State Senator Lou Gentile says he's running for re-election next year.

He represents the 30th district in the Ohio Senate, a district which has included Washington County and most of its neighboring counties since redistricting took place early this decade.

Gentile, a Democrat, pointed to his record of bringing jobs to his eastern Ohio district, including an ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, and for providing jobs for the state's veterans.

He was appointed to the Senate in 2011 after serving a term in the Ohio House.